Couple killed after dropping 30 feet off of I-80/94 near Portage

2013-10-12T19:30:00Z 2013-10-13T22:05:06Z Couple killed after dropping 30 feet off of I-80/94 near PortageDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A Canadian couple were killed Saturday morning after their car hit an embankment, went airborne and dropped 30 feet off the interstate near Portage, police said. 

Indiana State Police responded at 4:20 a.m. to a single crash on Jensen Road underneath Interstate 80/94, in which two people died.

Isaac Acheampong, 62, and his passenger, Cecelia Acheampong, 53, both of Ontario, Canada, were pronounced dead at the crash scene by Porter County Deputy Coroner Bob Byrd.

The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Lawrence McFarrin indicated Isaac Acheampong was driving a 2014 Toyota Matrix west on I-80/94 near the 19 mile marker.

For an unknown reason, the Toyota traveled off the north side of the interstate, continued to track west parallel to the highway, and hit an earth embankment.

After hitting the embankment, the Toyota went airborne across Jensen Road, police said.

The Toyota landed on the west side of Jensen Road after an approximately 30 foot drop off of the interstate. Jensen Road is a north and south route under I-80/94.

This crash is still under investigation, but neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as contributing to the crash, police said.

McFarrin was assisted at the crash scene by Trooper John Holmen, the Portage Police Department, the Portage Fire Department and Porter County EMS.

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